What are the steps for simplifying radicals?
See if you can factor out a perfect square
In general, when we simplify radicals, we want to factor out a perfect square. For instance:
Let's say we're simplifying the radical
Because of the radical law, we can rewrite a radical expression
In our example, we can rewrite
The same goes if we had
Let's solidify this further with another example:
We can rewrite
Hope this helps!